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Webster 1913 Edition


Condition

Con-di′tion

,
Noun.
[F., fr. L.
conditio
(better
condicio
) agreement, compact, condition;
con-
+ a root signifying to
show
,
point out
, akin to
dicere
to say,
dicare
to proclaim, dedicate. See
Teach
,
Token
.]
1.
Mode or state of being; state or situation with regard to external circumstances or influences, or to physical or mental integrity, health, strength, etc.; predicament; rank; position, estate.
I am in my
condition

A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king.
Shakespeare
And O, what man’s
condition
can be worse
Than his whom plenty starves and blessings curse?
Cowley.
The new
conditions
of life.
Darwin.
2.
Essential quality; property; attribute.
It seemed to us a
condition
and property of divine powers and beings to be hidden and unseen to others.
Bacon.
3.
Temperament; disposition; character.
[Obs.]
The
condition
of a saint and the complexion of a devil.
Shakespeare
4.
That which must exist as the occasion or concomitant of something else; that which is requisite in order that something else should take effect; an essential qualification; stipulation; terms specified.
I had as lief take her dowry with this
condition
, to be whipped at the high cross every morning.
Shakespeare
Many are apt to believe remission of sins, but they believe it without the
condition
of repentance.
Jer. Taylor.
5.
(Law)
A clause in a contract, or agreement, which has for its object to suspend, to defeat, or in some way to modify, the principal obligation; or, in case of a will, to suspend, revoke, or modify a devise or bequest. It is also the case of a future uncertain event, which may or may not happen, and on the occurrence or non-occurrence of which, the accomplishment, recission, or modification of an obligation or testamentary disposition is made to depend.
Blount. Tomlins. Bouvier. Wharton.
Syn. – State; situation; circumstances; station; case; mode; plight; predicament; stipulation; qualification; requisite; article; provision; arrangement. See
State
.

Con-di′tion

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Conditioned
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Conditioning
.]
1.
To make terms; to stipulate.
Pay me back my credit,
And I'll
condition
with ye.
Beau. & Fl.
2.
(Metaph.)
To impose upon an object those relations or conditions without which knowledge and thought are alleged to be impossible.
To think of a thing is to
condition
.
Sir W. Hamilton.

Con-di′tion

,
Verb.
T.
[Cf. LL.
conditionare
. See
Condition
,
Noun.
]
1.
To invest with, or limit by, conditions; to burden or qualify by a condition; to impose or be imposed as the condition of.
Seas, that daily gain upon the shore,
Have ebb and flow
conditioning
their march.
Tennyson.
2.
To contract; to stipulate; to agree.
It was
conditioned
between Saturn and Titan, that Saturn should put to death all his male children.
Sir W. Raleigh.
3.
(U. S. Colleges)
To put under conditions; to require to pass a new examination or to make up a specified study, as a condition of remaining in one's class or in college;
as, to
condition
a student who has failed in some branch of study
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Condition

CONDITION

,
Noun.
[L., to build or make, to ordain; properly, to set or fix, or to set together or in order; con and do, to give; properly, to send.]
1.
State; a particular mode of being; applied to external circumstances, to the body, to the mind, and to things. We speak of a good condition or a bad condition, in reference to wealth and poverty; in reference to health and sickness; in reference to a cheerful or depressed disposition of mind; and with reference to a sound or broken, perishing state of things. The word signifies a setting or fixing, and has a very general and indefinite application, coinciding nearly with state, from sto, to stand, and denotes that particular frame, form, mode or disposition, in which a thing exists, at any given time. A man is in a good condition, when he is thriving. A nation, with an exhausted treasury and burthened with taxes, is not in a condition to make war. A poor man is in a humble condition. Religion affords consolation to man in every condition of life. Exhortations should be adapted to the condition of the mind.
Condition, circumstance, is not the thing; bliss is the same in subject or in king.
2.
Quality; property; attribute.
It seemed to us a condition and property of divine powers and belongs to be hidden and unseen to others.
3.
State of mind; temper; temperament; complexion. [See No. 1.]
4.
Moral quality; virtue or vice.
[These senses however fall within the first definition.]
5.
Rank, that is, state with respect to the orders or grades of society, or to property; as, persons of the best condition.
6.
Terms of a contract or covenant; stipulation; that is, that which is set, fixed, established or proposed. What are the conditions of the treaty?
Make our conditions with yon captive king.
He sendeth and desireth conditions of peace. Luke 14.
7.
A clause in a bond, or other contract containing terms or a stipulation that it is to be performed, and in case of failure, the penalty of the bond is to be incurred.
8.
Terms given, or provided, as the ground of something else; that which is established, or to be done, or to happen, as requisite to another act; as, I will pay a sum of money, on condition you will engage to refund it.
A condition is a clause of contingency, on the happening of which the estate granted may be defeated.

CONDITION

,
Verb.
I.
To make terms; to stipulate.
It is one thing to condition for a good office, and another to execute it.

CONDITION

,
Verb.
T.
To contract; to stipulate.
It was conditioned between Saturn and Titan, that Saturn should put to death all his male children.

Definition 2021


condition

condition

English

Noun

condition (plural conditions)

  1. A logical clause or phrase that a conditional statement uses. The phrase can either be true or false.
  2. A requirement, term, or requisite.
    Environmental protection is a condition for sustainability.   What other planets might have the right conditions for life?   The union had a dispute over sick time and other conditions of employment.
  3. (law) A clause in a contract or agreement indicating that a certain contingency may modify the principal obligation in some way.
  4. The health status of a medical patient.
    My aunt couldn't walk up the stairs in her condition.
  5. The state or quality.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.
    National reports on the condition of public education are dismal.   The condition of man can be classified as civilized or uncivilized.
  6. A particular state of being.
    Hypnosis is a peculiar condition of the nervous system.   Steps were taken to ameliorate the condition of slavery.   Security is defined as the condition of not being threatened.   Aging is a condition over which we are powerless.
  7. (obsolete) The situation of a person or persons, particularly their social and/or economic class, rank.
    A man of his condition has no place to make request.

Quotations

  • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:condition.

Synonyms

  • (the health or state of something): fettle

Hyponyms

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Verb

condition (third-person singular simple present conditions, present participle conditioning, simple past and past participle conditioned)

  1. To subject to the process of acclimation.
    I became conditioned to the absence of seasons in San Diego.
  2. To subject to different conditions, especially as an exercise.
    They were conditioning their shins in their karate class.
  3. (transitive) To place conditions or limitations upon.
    • Tennyson
      Seas, that daily gain upon the shore, / Have ebb and flow conditioning their march.
  4. To shape the behaviour of someone to do something.
  5. (transitive) To treat (the hair) with hair conditioner.
  6. (transitive) To contract; to stipulate; to agree.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      Pay me back my credit, / And I'll condition with ye.
    • Sir Walter Raleigh
      It was conditioned between Saturn and Titan, that Saturn should put to death all his male children.
  7. (transitive) To test or assay, as silk (to ascertain the proportion of moisture it contains).
    (Can we find and add a quotation of McElrath to this entry?)
  8. (US, colleges, transitive) To put under conditions; to require to pass a new examination or to make up a specified study, as a condition of remaining in one's class or in college.
    to condition a student who has failed in some branch of study
  9. To impose upon an object those relations or conditions without which knowledge and thought are alleged to be impossible.
    • Sir W. Hamilton
      To think of a thing is to condition.

Derived terms

Translations

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: generally · ago · easily · #685: condition · sleep · ex · mere

French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin conditiō, conditiōnis.

Pronunciation

Noun

condition f (plural conditions)

  1. term, condition
  2. condition, state
    en bonne condition - In good condition
  3. social status, walk of life
    Le couple se contentait de soirées entre amis de conditions diverses. The couple was content with partying with friends from all walks of life.

Derived terms


Middle French

Noun

condition f (plural conditions)

  1. condition (state, quality)